Ever heard things like “Never swim after eating”, “Your eyes could stick if you keep them crossed too long”, and “Chocolate gives you zits”?
Never go swimming after eating.
Truth: The American Red Cross reports that there is no increased risk in cramping if you’ve consumed food prior to swimming.
Chocolate causes acne.
Truth: No food type causes zits, although too much of any food is not good for the body.
Eat carrots, have great vision.
Truth: I can speak to this one directly. Mom fed me so much baby carrot food that I turned jaundiced. And I’ve worn glasses since the 4th grade.
If you crack your knuckles, you’ll get arthritis.
Truth: Not true, although my thumb joint wonders sometimes . . .
Eating spicy foods can cause ulcers.
Truth: Spicy foods CAN irritate ulcers (again, the voice of experience), but not cause.
If you touch a toad, you’ll get warts.
Truth: Nope . . . warts are caused by viruses, not critters.
Coffee stunts your growth.
Truth: While kids shouldn’t have caffeine in their diets, it won’t stunt your growth. Oddly, my grandfather told me it would put hair on my chest–that’s not true either!
If you cross your eyes, they’ll stay that way.
Truth: Why kids do this is really beyond me, but again, not true. Misaligned eyes is called strabismus, but crossing your eyes does not cause the disorder.
Feed a cold/starve a fever.
Truth: Wrong in both cases. It’s never good to deprive your body of nourishment when you’re sick nor is it advisable to overeat simply because you’re sick!